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College in Belmont plans maternity residence hall

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BELMONT, NC (AP) - Belmont Abbey College is breaking ground on
a maternity ward and after-care residence for single women.

The Charlotte Observer reports Monday that the residence will be
run by the Charlotte-based nonprofit Room at the Inn, an
organization run by the Catholic Church to care for single pregnant
women.

The home will be built on four acres donated by the Benedictine
monks.

Belmont Abbey College President Bill Thierfelder says the
project was conceived after a national survey found a striking need
for services for pregnant women on college campuses.

Rooms, meals and parenting education will be provided at no
charge.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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